STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A 36-year old man has received a new lab-made
windpipe seeded with his own stem cells in a procedure surgeons say
is the first successful attempt of its kind.
The Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm said the surgery was performed June 9 , and the patient is on his way to a "full recovery."
The patient, who suffered from tracheal cancer, will be released from hospital Friday.
Karolinska said in a statement Thursday that since the cells used to regenerate the organ were the man's own, "there has been no rejection of the transplant and the patient is not taking (anti-rejection) drugs."
Windpipe transplants have previously been performed using donor
windpipes and the patients' own stem cells.
The Karolinska surgery, however, is the first to use a laboratory-made organ.
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